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October 21, 2016

EpicDuel Balance Suggestions

Hello! I'm dropping by to let you know that with several major BioBeasts updates under our belts, we plan to pivot towards EpicDuel development for the upcoming holiday season. We are planning a large release for late Novemeber/early December that will include, among many other things, balance changes.

Please let us know what you'd like to see us address in this forum topic!

I can't promise miracles, or that every concern will be addressed fully, but we'll do as much as we can before the release. We'll keep you updated as development continues. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Tags: Nightwraith


October 12, 2016

Wasteland War Haunted Bundle Live


This weekend, the Legion and Exile forces will gather in the domain of The Lawman to compete over the coveted Wasteland Ammo Depot! For those who need a refresher on the mechanics of this war, here's a brief synopsis: 


Recently, hostile forces have gathered around the tower to deploy a strategy that could succeed where head-on tactics failed: launch stealthy Drones to loot the cache bullet-by-bullet. Forces defending the cache will attempt to disable the launchers to defend the hoard.


Join the Exiles or Legion forces to attempt to claim the cache for your own alignment. The fate of your alignment's war machine hangs in the balance!


Collect war drops through PvP battles or purchase them from the Wasteland Ammo Depot near the Minetower. This is your chance to elevate your regional Wasteland Influence achievement through participation in the war. Use Drone Cells to power Drone Launchers scattered throughout the Wasteland to loot the Ammo Cache, or, if you're defending the cache, Sabotage the Launchers! 


BioBeasts: Haunted Bundle Now Live!


The latest update for BioBeasts is now live and comes packed with new features and numerous improvements. If you're new to BioBeasts, have never heard of it, or haven't played it in awhile, now is an excellent time to break out, mutate, and escape!

Haunted Bundle

  • 1 Quantum Crate
  • 10,000 BioBits 
  • Exclusive Haunted Hazard Skin

New Frogzard Beast 


  • Unleash your Megabite attack to annihilate everything in front of you! 
  • Epicenter Mutation - Critical attacks create stunning earthquake waves

New Skins to Collect

Beast Skins

  • Shadow Kartherax
  • Venomous Mantis 
  • Shadow Salamancer 
  • Venomous Salamancer 
  • Magmazard



  • Can now be used multiple times per wave for increasing cost 
  • Cost resets each wave
  • Strength Serum effect lowered for balance


Beasts and Mutations

  • Nova Bomb now has a 1 second cooldown
  • Burn and Poison now apply their damage in half the time to make them a bit stronger and feel better. Total damage is unchanged.
  • Salamancer’s Lava Flow deals 3x damage, down from 4x, to compensate for faster burn damage. This should still be an overall increase in damage to most enemies.
  • Improved several Mutation descriptions


  • Lowered requirement of “Destroy Health Bots in one escape” challenge
  • Lowered serums required for “Use Serum” challenges
  • Improved several Challenge descriptions


  • Nuclear Bundle is no longer available. Game codes can still be accessed at the bottom of the shop for those that have purchased the bundle.
  • Price of shop crates permanently lowered by up to 50%


  • Beast info panel now shows starting stats of each Beast
  • Serum use will now always confirm, even if you have free Serums from an early tutorial.
  • Updated Heavy Guard and Reanimator to new animation system, improving visual quality and lowering memory usage.

Bugs Fixed

  • Challenge progress was sometimes not saved if an escape ended during a wave
  • Waves could sometimes never end following a Beast revive
  • Incorrect beast could be shown when unlocking new difficulties
  • Beast health could be incorrect after resuming a save
  • Reanimator sometimes got yuuuge
  • Bionic Bunny power was not dealing correct damage to Attack Ship boss
  • "Single escape” challenge progress was being reset on save/load

Tags: Titan


October 10, 2016

AQ3D Open Beta Starts October 18th (ish)!

Starting October 18th-ish, 2016 It is almost here! This October, everyone will be able to join us as we continue creating AdventureQuest 3D. The release date says "-ish" because that is when we will start rolling it out onto each platform (STEAM PC/MAC, APPLE, ANDROID) and some will go live before others. Being able to login play your character on the same server as your friends no matter what device you are using was our dream goal... and it is happening! A True Cross-Platform MMORPG...

Watch the official OPEN BETA Launch Date Announcement Trailer.

Coming in Open Beta!

Thank you to everyone who made amazing project a reality. It is October.... and we have two magnificently dark and exciting releases coming your way. Also here is a few things to expect!


First, is ShadowSkull Tower which will open with the launch. Players will need the best items in the game and to work together to battle to the top of the tower. The floors of the tower are randomized. Some floors are puzzles, some kill-alls, and some mini-boss battles. At the top of ShadowSkull Tower you will find the NecroKnight-- and he has a surprise.

Mogloween & Haunted House

We will be celebrating our yearly tradition of Mogloween this year... but this is the first year it will be in 3D! Town will go dark and along with glowing pumpkins, a haunted house will appear. More on this coming later.

Game Re-balancing & New Items

We have been carefully reading your feedback and re-re-re-re-balancing the game. This includes changes to crafting and being able to buy items with gold. Will it be perfect on launch? Heck no! But it will be an amazing start to a game that we are dedicated to working on as long and as hard as the previous two AdventureQuests-- which for the record are STILL updated every week :D

Volcanic Dragon Area

In November, we will be opening up our next major area, a volcanic region filled with Dragons... and Dragonslayers. and possibly Dragonslayer slayers. And Forseeably Dragonslayer Slayer Slayers.

Closed Beta Badge

If you have participated in Closed Beta, you will be getting a shiny new badge for your character page. Want in Closed Beta before it ends? Then good news... follow my Artix Krieger Twitter and keep a look out for Early Access Key give aways.

Crunch time!

Thank you for making this all possible. As you can imagine, our small team is going to be in hyper GO MODE these next two weeks! So much to do!!!! If you were not with us for the launch of previous games like DragonFable or AdventureQuest Worlds then hang onto your helms, it is about to get crazy. As the veterans will tell you things will change fast and frequently. It is vital that we go into Open Beta so that we can release the public version of the Apple iOS (Phone/Tablet) versions. Then, with AdventureQuest 3D playing on all of our 1st round targeted devices, and with your help, we can begin the sprint to LIVE RELEASE-- which I would love to see us hit Summer of 2017.

QUESTION: What device to you think you will play AdventureQuest 3D the most from? (Steam, Apple iOS, Android)

Tags: Nightwraith


September 01, 2016

Biological Warfare and TLaPD

Biological Warfare

Corrupted Tree

The Biological Preserve war is nearly over and the Exiles maintain a narrow lead over the Legion occupiers. Can the Legion fighters hold destroy the last Exile purifier or will the Exiles expel the Legion corruption for the region?


Waves of Wrath and TLaPD Return!


This Friday, the coveted Kartherax gear, along with the classic Talk-Like-A-Pirate-Day items will return to the West Naval Yard! Visit Thalyssa and Big Tuna to check them out! Once again, you'll have the chance to power up with the Curse of Kartherax and Deep Plague cores!


These weapons will only be available for a limited time, then they're gone for another year!


While you're gathering nautical rares, don't forget to check the Achievement shop for the TLAPD Achievement! YAAAAAR!

If you haven't completed the Waves of Wrath missions yet, what are you waiting for? This excellent saga ties into other aspects of EpicDuel lore with some of the best writing in the game. Be sure to check it out!

Tags: Nightwraith


August 25, 2016

Dungeon Punks

BREAKING NEWS! Artix publishes a new video game :D

Hiya guys, Artix here. My long time friends at Hyper Awesome Entertainment created a tag team brawler video game called Dungeon Punks. Maybe you saw us streaming last week while we were all sitting on the couch trying out the game. We instantly fell in love with its old-school arcade gameplay -- which reminded us of our favorite games, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dungeons & Dragons, and my personal mega-favorite, Golden Axe. It is fun… and when I saw the laser shooting unicorn mounts I LOL’d. Check out the game for yourself.

AdventureQuest Worlds BONUS! “Were-Warlock”

Starting right now, when you buy Dungeon Punks on our page using Humble Bundle, you also get the exclusive Were-Warlock armor in AdventureQuest Worlds. This armor was inspired by the Were-Witch, one of the playable heroes in Dungeon Punks.

What does it mean to “Publish a game?”

Good question! You know when you load a console game and it has a few different game company logos on the front? They represent all of the people/studios who do different parts for the game. As long as you have known us, we have always done both the developing and publishing of our games. But we did not make this one. I know, at first glance from the art it looks like we did. Which is exactly why we were their first pick to be the publisher… which really means promoter when you get right down to it. Hyper Awesome Entertainment is made up of the guys who worked on Shadowtale back in the day. We have actually done a lot of things together and built up a lot of trust over the past 10+ years. Which is why I am proud to help spread word about their game and find it happy players.

Also, if this game does well there is a chance we could work together with Hyper Awesome on a game project in the AQWorlds or Dragon Fable universe. O_O Check out Dungeon Punks and see its game trailer at http://DungeonPunks.Artix.com . The game is normally $15, but we are running a 10% launch discount until the end of the month.

Tags: Alina


August 25, 2016

Live Now: BioDome Battle

Rumble in the BioDome!

The Biological Preserve War is currently underway. Login and play now to turn the tide in the latest flashpoint in this ongoing conflict!

Biological Preserve War Map

The Biological Preserve is the last bastion for all that is green and growing on Delta V, and it is being used as a weapon by those occupying the region. By using Davarril's research on mind-controlling Spores, Exiles have engineered a massive tree to become a spore-launching factory, spreading spores throughout the region. 


The Legion, under the watch of Cinderella, are attempting to stop this threat with Purifiers. These devices launch spores to counteract the Corruption Spores launched by the Corrupted Tree.

Purifier Closeup

Exiles will attempt to use this to their advantage by planting Corruption Spore on the Purifiers, infesting them and turning them into Corruption Spore factories.

Corrupted Tree

The only way to stop the spread of the spores is to cleanse the Corrupted Tree. When it is fully cleansed, the Legion will take control of the Biological Preserve. If the Exiles prevail and infest the Purifiers, the region will fall fully under Exile control. 

War in the Forest

Davarril has been moved one screen to the left of the Corrupted Tree. You'll find him next to the Ammunition Depot stocked with war drops. Davarril's mind still isn't right from the Arborgeddon event so he won't be much help to you. Good luck, and war on!




Wow! Hard to believe a year has gone by, but it's time again for Artix's pilgrimage to DragonCon! That means it's time for an updated survival guide written by Cysero! For those of you who just want to jump straight to the point, the Artix panel information is as follows:

  • WHEN: Saturday, September 3rd, 2:30-3:30 PM

  • WHERE: Westin Hotel, Ballrooms E-G

Hopefully you can stop by if you're in the area!


Meanwhile, in EpicDuel...

To celebrate DragonCon, the classic Dragon Weapons have returned to Delta V:


Draconic Destroyer

Draconic Devastator




Visit the Slayer in the Barrens Outpost to browse dozens of phenomal draconic weapons!

Tags: Nightwraith


August 12, 2016

Our Biggest BioBeasts Update EVER is LIVE!

What is BioBeasts?!

BioBeasts is a new game for Android and iOS where you take control of powerful mutant beasts and battle through waves of robots, laboratory defenses, and hulking bosses. Claw, bite, blast, and mutate your way to freedom while freeing new beasts with unique powers! Unlock and upgrade Mutations to customize your beasts, and craft your own strategy! 

BioBeasts 1.5.0 Escape! Mutate! Destroy!

BioBeasts Version 1.5.0 is NOW LIVE!

We just launched a MASSIVE UPDATE that adds loads of exciting new player requested features and fixes. Download BioBeasts 1.5.0 on your Android or iOS device now:

Get BioBeasts NOW on Android and iOS!

BioBeasts_App_Store_Google  BB_App_Store_IOS

New Stuff in BioBeasts 1.5.0:

  • 22 NEW Mutations to collect!
  • Customize the look of each beast with new Skins Mutations
  • Overhauled Mutation Lab -- view all Mutations in one easy to use list
  • NEW Mutation Crate system -- you can now unlock and upgrade Mutations totally free just by playing
  • Mutation Equip Slots -- you can now start with mutations)
  • Loads of interface improvements
  • New Nuclear Bundle for sale in the Shop

The Nuclear Bundle Includes

  • Exclusive Radioactive Hazard Skin
  • Nuclear Crate
  • 10,000 BioBits
  • Prize code to redeem for bonus items in EpicDuel and AdventureQuest Worlds.

Need help redeeming your Prize Code? We've got you covered with this handy guide: 

Guide: How to Redeem Your Nuclear Bundle Prize Code


Introducing Batteries!

Coming to BioBeasts 1.5.0 are Batteries. Plink needs 10 Batteries to warp in a Mutation-filled Crate to help power up your beasts! Batteries are earned after completing each wave with a bonus battery for defeating the final boss, meaning it's possible to earn enough Batteries for a Crate on any Normal, Hard, or Insane run.


The Mutation Lab

Inside the Mutation Lab you can put those Batteries to good use! Use them to warp in new Crates filled with Battle Mutations, Beast Mutations, and Beast Skins!

After Plink warps in a Crate, it must be unlocked before opening. You can bypass this process with BioBits. Plink will also bring you a free crate every 8 hours. This gives you a great reason to check back on BioBeasts, even if you don't have time to play a few waves!


Mutation Crates

Each Crate is guaranteed to contain some kind of loot. However, not all Crates are created equally. Iron and Steel Crates, being the most basic, hold the fewest Mutations. Occasionally, Plink will get lucky and warp in a more luxurious crate like a Nuclear or Quantum Crate, which are guaranteed to contain Rare Mutations! Below is the breakdown of what you can expect from each type of Crate. 

Iron Crate Only seen in the Tutorial of the game, this Crate has the same capacity as the Steel Crate with 8 Mutations inside, but the unlocking process is very fast.
Free Crate Plink will find you a new Free Crate every 8 hours. Free Crates contain 15 Mutations.
Steel Crate This most common Crate yields 8 Mutations.
Reinforced Crate 15 Mutations, including at least 1 Rare.
Elite Crate 30 Mutations, including at least 3 Rare.
Nuclear Crate 70 Mutations, including 7 Rare and 1 Ultra.
Quantum Crate 250 Mutations, including 25 Rare, 5 Ultra, and 1 Epic.


New Beast Skins!

BioBeasts 1.5.0 launches with 10 new beast skins! These Skin Mutations can be unlocked from our new Mutation Crates, and there will be plenty more to come after the launch: 



If you haven't tried BioBeasts yet, you can download the app here:

Download for Android
Download for iOS


Thank you!

Once again thank you for joining us along this creative journey! We couldn't have done this with out your support! We plan to always add new and interesting things to read here on our dev blog. Remember to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for latest updates!

Tags: Titan BioBeasts Nightwraith mutant Beast Mobile


July 29, 2016

Make sure you can play EpicDuel

Enable Flash Player to log in to your account!

We want to make sure all our heroes can continue to log in and battle on along side us, but over the last year, browsers like Chrome haved changed how they handle the Flash Player plug in. To make sure you are able to log in and play Artix Entertainment games, please do the following:
  1. Install (or update) your Flash Player here
  2. Enable the Flash Player plugin inside your browser if the game window doesn't appear.

Instructions by browser type

Each browser has a different method for enabling the Flash Player plugin, but lucky for you, we've got a list of each of the main ones below!

Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the gear icon and select Manage add-ons.
  3. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  4. In the list find Shockwave Flash Object and make sure the Status is set to Enable.
  5. Click Close.
  6. Close and relaunch Internet Explorer.


  1. Launch Edge.
  2. Click the ...  icon and select Settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Advanced Settings.
  4. Make sure that Use Adobe Flash Player is set to ON.
  5. Close and relaunch Edge.


  1. Launch Firefox.
  2. Click Tools and select Add-ons.
    • If you do not use the Menu Bar on Firefox, click the Menu icon (three stacked lines) and select Add-ons.
  3. In the list find Shockwave Flash and make sure it is set to Always Activate.
  4. Close and relaunch Firefox.


  1. Launch Chrome.
  2. In the address bar type chrome://plugins and hit enter.
  3. In the list find Adobe Flash Player and make sure it is enabled and that Always allowed to run is checked.
  4. Close and relaunch Chrome.


  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Click Preferences and select the Security tab.
  3. Next to Internet plug-ins, make sure Allow Plug-ins is checked.
    • While you're here, make sure Enable JavaScript (next to Web Content) is checked as well.
  4. Close the Preferences window.
  5. Close and relaunch Safari.

More help

You can also refer to Adobe's help articles for more information:

Tags: Nightwraith


July 22, 2016

West Naval Yard War!


After a long period of relative peace, war has returned to the West Naval Yard! For those who've forgotten the minutia of this particular region's conflict, here's a brief refresher.


Prepare for War!

Naval Yard War Begins

The West Naval Yard is the latest flashpoint in the ongoing alignment War. Battle for dominance and new prizes now as the war has already gone live!

War Summary

The Legion forces have control of the full-restored Pirate Flagship sitting ominously in the Naval Yard.

Naval Entrance

Obviously, this could be very bad for Exiles, so they'll use Naval Shells and Super Naval Shells to bombard the ship from turrets located around the Naval Yard. 

New War Drops

Legion forces on the shore can take out the turrets with Naval Bombs and Super Naval Bombs.

Naval Yard Ammo Depot

Pick up Super Naval Shell and Super Naval Bombs at the Ammo Depot located right of Big Tuna!

Good luck, and war on!

Tags: Nightwraith


June 16, 2016

Coming Soon: Overlord War!

It seems that the embers of war in the Infernal Mines have barely cooled, but already a new region of Delta V is ripe for conflict. Early next week, the remote Overlord Facility will become the next backdrop of the regional war cycle, spurring Legion and Exile forces ianto direct conflict once again!


What of the spoils? Guest Artist Deuce has crafted this marvellous Overlord Knight mutating armor to reward the victors of this upcoming war event!


Battle with all your might to maintain or to seize control of this embattled military base to claim this exquisite, exclusive, mutating armor! 


Pyro Fly Restock!

You may be surprised to know that the Pyro Fly robot stocked on Kraggor is currently SOLD OUT! You may even be surprised to know that the Pyro Fly event came back! You may be EVEN MORE surprised to be reading the words on a magic slate made of light, possibly because you've been in cryo-hybernation for 10,000 years. If so, let us know!

Anyway, since the Pyro Fly went so quickly, we'll be restocking Friday at 4:00 PM EST!


This is the last restock we'll be doing on this bot this year. If you miss it, you'll have to wait until 2017!



You've probably noted a lack of BioBeasts news here. You'd be correct! But that doesn't mean we've been napping at the lab. Quite the contrary! We've been undertaking a major overhaul of BioBeasts main interfaces and mutation systems to improve it's versatility and fun-factor, allowing us to create all the amazing content we've wanted to within a reasonable amount of time! In its current form, thanks to your continued support, BioBeasts has already passed the 100k install mark on Google Play and the rate at which people download the game continues to increase at a steady pace, despite very little marketing! After this overhaul is complete, BioBeasts will be on its way to achieving self-sustaining growth. We are very close to having previews ready, and should be ready to post updates next week!

Tags: Titan


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